Genuine land reform would result in genuinely broad-based overall economic growth, rapid poverty reduction and genuine food security.Read More
“What’s the use of my position if I could not defend the rights of my constituents? It’s better to die serving the people of the Hacienda Luisita than to die without meaning.” – Tarlac City Councilor Emily Ladera-FacunlaRead More
Monique Wilson, a world class Filipino actress and global diretor for One Billion for Rising Justice campaign, takes up the cudgels for Hacienda Luisita women’s struggle for genuine land reform.Read More
Hacienda Luisita farmers share how their huts were destroyed and how they were evicted from their farm lands last month by the security guards of the Tarlac Development Corporation, a firm owned by the family of President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III.Read More
“We want to know the landlords who benefited from the DAP, what and where are the lands covered.” – Kilusang Magbubukid ng PilipinasRead More
By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis For sure, President Benigno Aquino III would be boasting about the 6.8 percent growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year and the 7.8 percent growth during the first quarter of 2013 when he delivers his fourth state of the nation address on July 22 Monday. He would be attributing this to the ‘changes’ his government has made, specifically in terms of good governance, and would be projecting that the country would be on the road to becoming an economic powerhouse in the near future….Read More
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — The year 2012 would have been joyous for the farmers of Hacienda Luisita, the vast sugar plantation controlled by President Benigno Aquino III’s family for nearly five decades. Aquino himself, during the campaign period in 2010, vowed to distribute the land by 2014. In April, the Supreme Court issued its final ruling for the distribution of the more than 6,000 hectares of land to some 4,000 farmworker-beneficiaries. For most of the year 2012, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the office mandated to…Read More
Video: HLI farmers decry latest forms of harassment
By LYN V. RAMO
With their small parcels of land no longer producing enough for their families, peasant women and men try to make do with odd jobs.
By IBON FOUNDATION
Will the incoming administration take the bold steps needed to ensure land distribution and enhance agricultural production? Will the president-apparent promote measures in favor of building and strengthening local industries?
By GRACE S. UDDIN
Small farmers like Winifreda Cabisay have not benefited much from the government’s agrarian-reform program. She was awarded land in 1996 but she has not been awarded a title to it and has had problems maintaining it. With the 10-day Lakbayan, Cabisay hopes that the issues that confront farmers like her will be heard.